Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Anderson "The Spider" Silva - Highlight Video - 30 Oct 2007 10:35:53pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 05:35 PM CDT

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Din Thomas Arrested For Illegal PSL Matches! - 30 Oct 2007 09:49:28pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 04:49 PM CDT



By Will Greenlee

PORT ST. LUCIE — Din Thomas, almost a legend in the ultimate fighting world, was arrested Tuesday after police say he ran "illegal cage fighting" matches at a local training studio that he runs, a police spokesman said.

Thomas, 31, faces a felony prohibited competitions charge after police got a tip Oct. 19 about the matches at a facility he uses in St. Lucie West.

Inside, they observed two men fighting in an octagon-shaped ring surrounded by about 150 spectators. The fights reportedly weren't sanctioned.

Thomas is well known in the world of ultimate fighting, commonly known as mixed martial arts, a brutal combination of boxing, kickboxing and wrestling in a boxing ring or cage. The fighting is so intense that most fights are limited to three five-minute rounds.

Thomas, who lost last month to Kenny Florian in an Ultimate Fighting Championship match televised live on Spike TV, has a gym on South U.S. 1 near Port St. Lucie Boulevard. It's named American Top Team Port St. Lucie (ATTPSL) because of an affiliation with American Top Team, a national organization with franchises across the country.

A Delaware native, Thomas was 12 when he moved with his family to Port St. Lucie, graduating from Port St. Lucie High School in 1994.

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CHUCK LIDDELL: "WE'RE GOING TO COME OUT FIGHTING AND SHOW WHO'S BETTER!" - 30 Oct 2007 08:52:11pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 03:52 PM CDT



By Percy Crawford

FightHype.com recently caught up with former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell to talk about his long-awaited, eagerly anticipated clash with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 79 on December 29th. You don't want to miss what he had to say. Check it out.

PC: How is everything going my man?
CL: Things are going good man!

PC: Have you started training for the Wanderlei Silva fight already?
CL: Yeah, I started training already. It's been going good man!

PC: I know this is a fight you've wanted for quite some time. How excited are you that the fight is actually going to happen?

CL: It's great. I'm excited to be in the gym training for a fight.

PC: Do you feel like this is the type of fight you needed to get off of this losing streak; a fight of this magnitude?
CL: Yeah definitely. I needed a fight like this to get back to the top of the game. I'm excited about the fight.

PC: A loss will put either of you guys dropping three in a row. How big is that playing in your mind right now?
CL: That's not playing as big in my mind as a win would put me back in contention for a title.

PC: When I spoke with you awhile back, you said that you thought you just hit too hard for Wanderlei. Is that still the case?
CL: That still hasn't changed. It's going to be a good fight. We'll be out there swinging, but I think I just hit harder than he does.

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ART OF WAR 4 Delivers Another Great Night of "Mississippi Mayhem" - 30 Oct 2007 08:00:30pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 03:00 PM CDT



DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - SUN Sports & Entertainment Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SSPE) announced today the ART OF WAR 4 "Mississippi Mayhem" played to a nearly sold-out crowd of 2,400 fans on Saturday, October 27th at Harrah's Grand Tunica Casino & Resort and delivered eight action-packed bouts that all ended before going to the scorecards.

MIKE WESSEL, strength and conditioning coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, was not the favorite going into his heavyweight main event contest against Memphis native MATT THOMAS. Wessel had only eight months of training and carried a 2-1 record against Thomas, who held a 3-3 record against some tough competition. In the opening seconds of the bout, Wessel's standup proved to be tighter than his opponent's and he opened a cut on Thomas's head. Eventually Thomas shot in for a takedown and had Wessel in a bad position dropping punches and elbows. Just before the two-minute mark, Wessel showed an incredible amount of strength by reversing his position and dropping bombs of his own. The two big men briefly got back to their feet, but Wessel kept the pressure and unleashed a flurry of shots before the ref called the bout at 2:42 in the first round. Wessel walked off with the ART OF WAR Quickest Knockout Award.

In a battle between undefeated super heavyweights, SHANE CARWIN tested his 6-0 record against REX RICHARDS (4-0). At the weigh-ins, Carwin could have made heavyweight tipping the scales at just 266 pounds. Richards, on the other hand, looked leaner but weighed in a whopping 312 pounds. Both men stood toe to toe for just seconds before Carwin shot in, took Richards down and had him in the mount position. The Colorado native pounded on Richards who flailed away trying to escape. Remarkably Richards was able to get back to his feet, but Carwin capitalized by sinking in a tight guillotine choke. With blood streaming from Richards nose, the bigger man tapped out at 1:24 into the first stanza. Both men intend to drop to heavyweight, and with Carwin's undefeated record unblemished, he will no doubt have big opportunities in his future.

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Bodog Fight "Webisodes" Airing Online - 30 Oct 2007 07:55:48pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 02:55 PM CDT



Not since Geraldo Rivera unearthed Al Capone's underground safe more than 20 years ago has the opening of a vault promised to captivate an audience with its contents... until now.

Beginning Tuesday, November 6 Bodog TV will broadcast Bodog Fight: The Vault on Bodog TV's multi-award winning website, bodoglife.net.

Tune in to Bodog TV each Tuesday and Saturday, as streaming video of all-new never-before-seen fights from the Bodog Fight vault is posted, commercial free, in HD. Raw and uncut, each "webisode" is fully downloadable and iPod-ready, featuring a previously unaired bout from Bodog Fight-sponsored SportFight, StrikeForce, MFC, XFC, and HOOKnSHOOT events.

Unlike Geraldo's ill-fated "discovery", Bodog Fight: The Vault actually delivers, offering mixed martial arts fans more hard-hitting, heart-pounding non-stop action. This exclusive Bodog TV footage is only available online at bodoglife.net, twice honored at the 2007 Digital Marketing Awards.

This cutting-edge website will also provide fans of Bodog Fight with the latest information on where to catch the show when it returns to U.S. television for an all-new sixth season. Yes, we will be back, bigger and better than ever in 2008!

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Sibling Sports Announces M-1 Global Management Team - 30 Oct 2007 05:27:27pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 12:27 PM CDT



Monte Cox - M-1 Global President and CEO.
Vadim Finkelchtein - M-1 Global Executive Committee & President of M-1 Mixfight.
Bob Clark - Chief Operating Officer.
Joost Raimond - President M-1 Eurasia & M-1 Global Executive Committee.
Apy Echteld - Vice President of Fighter Development & M-1 Global Executive Committee.
Brian Patton - Vice President of M-1 Global & M-1 Global Executive Committee.
Dennis Spencer - Executive Vice President of SFX Media & Events & M-1 Global Executive Committee.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 -- Sibling Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc.'s affiliate, Sibling Sports, LLC, as the Managing Member of M-1 Global, LLC, announced today the management team for M-1 Global. Sibling Entertainment Group, Inc. is the company with which Sibling Holdings has previously signed an Agreement of Acquisition and Plan of Reorganization, the closing of which is currently pending.

"We are pleased with the high level of talent that we have been able to assemble to lead our new organization," said Monte Cox, M-1 Global president and chief executive officer. "Our leadership team has a great blend of experience and skills that will help guide our organization in the years to come."

Vadim Finkelchtein was appointed to the M-1 Global Executive Committee. He is also president of M-1 Mix Fight and will continue to manage Fedor Emelianenko, the world's greatest MMA fighter. Finkelchtein, 43, will be responsible for providing strategic guidance to the entire team. He will also help stage M-1 Global events in Russia.

"We are elated to partner with Vadim. Not only is he the founder of M-1 Mix Fight, but he is also a very successful Russian businessman. He owns and manages Russia's first and only sports-entertainment center located on water. Located in St. Petersburg, right across from the famous Hermitage museum, the center is located on board the 'Letuchii Golandez,' (or Flying Dutchman), a replica of the 1748 sailboat 'Amsterdam.' It contains four levels, and includes an exercise room, beauty salon, restaurants, cafes and hotel rooms," Cox said.

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Interview: Benji Radach - 30 Oct 2007 01:18:43pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 08:18 AM CDT



He is arguably the best middleweight in the IFL today. Benji Radach has stormed onto the scene this season with the LA Anacondas going undefeated in his individual bouts helping lead the Anacondas to a #1 seed in this year's playoffs. Now he heads into the World Grand Prix this Saturday with a bout against Brent Beauparlant. 411Mania's Lotfi Sariahmed talked to the "Razor" about his bout on Saturday and other various topics.

411Mania.com: Your last bout came as part of the IFL team semis in a win over Gerald Harris back in August. Unfortunately the team lost and that was the end of the season. How have things been for you adjusting to training to fight in the Grand Prix?
Benji Radach: It's been kind of the same scenario because we have four guys in the Grand Prix. We're all kind of training as a team. This time around I've been training with Alex (Schoenauer) and Bas (Rutten) and Chris Horodecki and Jay Hieron. We train hard man. I've trained harder than ever. I'm in great great great shape and I'm ready to go.

411Mania.com: Staying on the subject of your team, your coach Shawn Tompkins left his coaching duties with the Anacondas and left the IFL. How did you find out about Tompkins leaving and how do you feel about the move?

Radach: I'm not sure. There are a couple of different reasons why he left the team. But the IFL offered Bas the job as we were getting ready for the Grand Prix and he jumped on it. I'm glad he did because he's really pushing us hard. I'm ready to go.

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Simi man gets real on 'Ultimate Fighter' - 30 Oct 2007 12:50:04pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:50 AM CDT



By Alicia Doyle

Growing up, John Koppenhaver got his first taste of mixed martial arts while watching bouts with his father. Today, the 25-year-old Simi Valley native is starring in the latest season of "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV.

"I was born centuries late; I was a Spartan in another life," said Koppenhaver, considered one of the world's leading mixed martial artists. "I'm excited about the opportunity to really support myself and live on just fighting."

Koppenhaver is among 16 of the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters in the 170-pound division who gathered from around the globe in Las Vegas for the new season of Spike TV's reality show, "The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes."

At stake is a six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world.

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Brock Lesnar: Give Me An Opponent - 30 Oct 2007 12:44:26pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:44 AM CDT



By Damon Martin

At UFC 77, the promotion announced the official signing of highly sought after heavyweight, Brock Lesnar, who gained much fame and notoriety after a career in the WWE and is now set to debut in the Octagon, likely in early 2008.

Rumors circulated for months who might land the services of the former NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion, but it seemed like the UFC was always the front runner in the competition.

"It boils down to they're really the only company on the block and on the planet that is willing to I guess take Brock Lesnar to the next level," said Lesnar. "I think it works good for both the UFC and Brock Lesnar. For me it was quite easy. Other companies, it was just a proven fact on the K-1 event, how poor their promotion was. There was a lot of different things, we kind of left K-1 with a bad taste in our mouths and wanted to come and be part of a professional organization."

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Schoenauer Has 12 Minutes To An IFL Belt - 30 Oct 2007 12:39:37pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:39 AM CDT



Alex Schoenauer's three-season tenure in the International Fight League has been much like a rollercoaster ride, punctuated by impressive highs and disheartening lows.

Wins over Travis Wiuff, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Allan Goes have been offset by nearly alternating losses to Jamal Patterson, Aaron Stark and Mike Ciesnolevicz (twice). So it's understandable if people wonder which Schoenauer will show up each time he steps into the ring.

While consistency has eluded him to this point with the promotion, he did manage to win enough fights in the regular season to qualify in the light heavyweight division for this weekend's IFL Grand Prix in Chicago.

Due to injuries and contractual issues, unlike the other four weight classes – which will host the first round of their respective four-man tournaments – Schoenauer steps directly into a final round championship bout with this season's most consistent 205-pound fighter, Vladimir Matyushenko.

"Originally I was supposed to fight Matyushenko to begin with in the (semi-final) fight," said Schoenauer of this weekend's match-up. "There was a bunch of stuff that happened and then I was supposed to fight (Mike) Whitehead, and then some changes happened, so it was me and Vladdy again.

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Strikeforce Updates - 30 Oct 2007 12:27:46pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:27 AM CDT



  • The 9/29 show at the Playboy Mansion drew a crowd of 500 at $1,000 a ticket for a $500,000 gate. The event was considered a huge success. For 2008 they are planning two major shows in San Jose, another show at the Playboy Mansion, and expansion into several new markets including Honolulu and Seattle.
  • The San Jose shows are slated to feature Frank Shamrock v. Renzo Graice in April and Shamrock v. Cung Le later in the year. Both events would be co-promoted with EliteXC and Showtime as pay-per-view events, even though EXC and Strikeforce aren't on the best of terms.
  • The promotion is making a strong play for Bob Sapp, planning to build towards Sapp v. Daniel Pruder in Hawaii where there is no athletic commission to stop the fight due to the weight difference. Outside of the UFC, every other major promotion in the country has interest in Sapp, including EXC who has discussed Sapp v. Butterbean, but the EXC offer is not as lucrative as Strikeforce's offer.
  • They recently received approval from the CSAC to bring back the one night, four-man tournament format. All fights will be two, five-minute rounds with a three-minute overtime period in the event of a draw.

Source: Dave Meltzer via www.mmapayout.com

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Matt Hughes: My Thoughts on Randy Couture. - 30 Oct 2007 12:20:37pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:20 AM CDT



By Matt Hughes

Well I've been tapering off of farm work and training more and more now that the fight's getting closer, but I know you all have been waiting to hear my thoughts on Randy leaving the UFC, so here we go.

I don't know exactly what is going through Randy's head, I haven't talked to him, nor have I talked to Dana White about this situation. However, I somewhat agree with Randy. A couple of years ago, the UFC was a much smaller organization and I knew everybody that worked for them. When I wanted something, I knew who to call and who would get it done. I miss that.

Nowadays, it seems like new employees of the UFC call me everyday. The problem was they got so big so fast they had to get more workers. So now it's just a much bigger organization and things are a lot different. Dana doesn't know all that goes on over there. It seems like he's off doing his own thing. So I'm sure that a lot of what Randy is mad about, Dana has nothing to do with. A lot of times the UFC will call me up and ask me to do things. If my schedule's busy or I don't want to do it, I just say no. If Dana White calls me up and asks me to do something I always do it. And if I need something done at the UFC, I know I can always call Dana.

I don't know if Randy is done fighting, I don't know if he's wanting to go out and fight for another organization. At first, I heard money was the reason Randy quit and then I heard it wasn't, so there is a lot of things that I just don't know; but Dana is holding a press conference tomorrow, so maybe we'll find out more about it then.

I've also heard that Randy did this because he wants to fight Fedor Emelianenko. Right now Randy's stock in this sport is pretty high, so if he is wanting to go out with a bang then what's left for him? Nothing, but maybe Fedor.

-Matt

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K.C. Armstrong From The Howard Stern Show Joins RioHeroes - 30 Oct 2007 12:15:35pm

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:15 AM CDT



Miami, FL. -RioHeroes would like to officially announce the signing of K.C. Armstrong, formally of the Howard Stern Show, as our Vice President of Promotions. "K.C. will be an excellent addition to our organization. His years of knowledge as a wrestler and commentator will be a valuable set to RioHeroes. We are excited to have him on our team", said RioHeroes President, Jason Atkins.

K.C. will be starting a nationwide press tour to promote the Vale Tudo, tournament-style fights, which are broadcasted live online straight out of Brazil. Beginning in January, K.C. will be on-location as a commentator alongside referee Jorge Pereira during the live broadcasts. RioHeroes is quickly assembling nto a premier fight league with over 100,000 viewers.

K.C. Armstrong was an associate producer on the Howard Stern Show from 1998 until 2005. Armstrong is an actor, amateur bodybuilder, model, and comedian. He grew up in Suffolk County, New York, where his father was the head wrestling coach at Port Jefferson High School.

K.C.'s antics and unique view of reality captivated Stern Show listeners for seven years. Viewers of RioHeroes should expect the same if not more during the fights, only at RioHeroes.com.

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World Kickboxing Champion Set For MMA Debut - 30 Oct 2007 11:56:48am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 06:56 AM CDT



Undefeated World Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Brian "The Mad Stork" Schwartz (18-0) will step in the cage for the first time in his 16-year professional fighting career to face Lemont Davis (8-4) in a 175 lb. limit matchup during the Strikeforce "Four Men Enter, One Man Survives" mixed martial arts mega-card at San Jose's HP Pavilion on Friday, November 16th.

"I'm really loving training right now, which is good, because, at the end of my (kickboxing) career, I was a little burnt out and wasn't training like I should. Since I've been back, though, I just got that fire again," said the 33-year-old Schwartz, who originally closed the book on his fight career after stopping New York's Michael Corleone in the fifth round of their kickboxing matchup in San Jose on October 21, 2005.

According to the 6 foot 3 inch Foster City, California native, it was watching a number of young mixed martial arts contenders at work in Schwartz's new Undisputed Boxing Gym that inspired him to take on a new challenge in the world's fastest growing sport. "I'm training hard in the gym and my road work has been really good," he said. "Everything it should be like when you train is happening for me right now."

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Official UFC 78 site online, and Card Update - 30 Oct 2007 11:33:12am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 06:33 AM CDT



Main PPV Card:
Rashad Evans vs. Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs. Thiago Silva
David Terrell vs. Ed Herman
Karo Parisyan vs. Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs. Frank Edgar

Preliminary Card:
Chris Lytle vs. Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs. Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs. Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs. Tamdan McCrory


Tickets for UFC 78: VALIDATION priced from $50 are on sale at Ticketmaster, the Prudential Center, or at www.UFC.com. UFC 78: VALIDATION is available live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST. Go to 78.UFC.com for more info.



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Lytle-Alves clash heads up UFC 78 Undercard - 30 Oct 2007 11:20:19am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 06:20 AM CDT



By Thomas Gerbasi

Welterweight contenders Chris Lytle and Thiago Alves get an opportunity to move up in the 170-pound rankings on Saturday, November 17th, when they battle it out on the undercard of the UFC 78 show being held at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center.

Tickets for UFC 78, which is headlined by the light heavyweight showdown between unbeatens Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping, as well as a 205-pound matchup between Houston Alexander and Thiago Silva, are on sale now.

Lytle (34-14-4) is coming off perhaps his most impressive UFC win to date when he submitted Jason Gilliam in the first round at UFC 73 in July. Now he gets a chance to put together two consecutive Octagon wins together for the first time since 2004.

"I think Thiago is a great fighter and fun to watch," said Lytle. "It's exactly the kind of fight I like."

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Reminder: Tuesday Night, Randy is on "The Unit". - 30 Oct 2007 06:16:02am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 01:16 AM CDT



Randy reprises his role as Sgt. Strickland on the hit CBS show "The Unit" this Tuesday. The show airs at 9pm Eastern & Pacific. Check your local listings, as they say. "The Unit" was created by film and theater legend David Mamet who directed The Natural in "Red Belt" earlier this year.

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IFL names Donnie Liles as Healy's Replacement - 30 Oct 2007 05:57:48am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 12:57 AM CDT



Donnie Liles (8-3), a member of the soon to be phased out San Jose Razorclaws, has been selected by the IFL to join the welterweights in this Saturday's IFL World Grand Prix in Chicago.

Liles, 1-1 in IFL action, will replace Pat Healy (elbow injury) against Jay Hieron of the Los Angeles Anacondas. The other welterweight semifinal features New York Pitbulls' Delson Heleno taking on TUF 4 contestant Gideon Ray, who was added last week to replace the injured Brad Blackburn.

IFL WORLD GRAND PRIX LINEUP (as of Oct. 29):

Wagnney Fabiano vs. John Gunderson
Chris Horodecki vs. Bart Balaszewski
Delson Heleno vs. Gideon Ray
Jay Hieron vs. Donnie Liles
Benji Radach vs. Brent Beauparlant
Matt Horwich vs. Brian Foster
Vladimir Matyushenkko vs. Alex Schoenauer
Antoine Jaoude vs. Shane Ott
Roy Nelson vs. Bryan Vetell

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Fatal Femmes: War Of The Roses - 30 Oct 2007 05:48:57am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 12:48 AM CDT



(Los Angeles, CA, October 29, 2007) --- Fatal Femmes Fighting Championship is back Saturday, November 3rd at the Ontario Convention Center (2000 East Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764). Fatal Femmes Fighting Lightweight Champion Roxanne Modafferi has sustained a shoulder injury preventing her from flying to the United States to defend her title against Brazil's Vanessa Porto. Japanese great, Hitomi Akano (11-4), also ranked Top 10 in the World for women at 135lbs, will replace Modafferi and face the seemingly unbreakable Porto. Although there will be no title on the line, this fight will be dubbed a "FFF Megafight," as is customary for a fight of this magnitude. Also on the card, FFF Flyweight Champion, Lisa Ward, goes up in weight to fight the pioneer of Japanese Women's MMA, the legendary Megumi Yabushita. Yabushita/Ward will constitute the second "FFF Megafight" of the evening and is the co-main event of the night.

A.J. Benza, current host of "High Stakes Poker," and Muay Thai Champion Lisa "The Black Widow" King ("Fight Girls"), will provide colorful commentary to Fatal Femmes Play by Play announcer Jay Adams.

"War of the Roses" is presented by Fatal Femmes Fighting Championship along with sponsors Throwdown Industries and TheBestGuard.com. The event features lightweight, featherweight, flyweight, super flyweight and middleweight match ups for a full night of all women's mixed martial arts.

Tickets priced from $30 - $100 are on sale at www.fatalfemmesfighting.com or by calling 1-877- FFF-9381. Doors open at 6:30 PM, fight begins at 7:30 PM.

FIGHT CARD (subject to change):

Hitomi Akano vs. Vanessa Porto FFF Megafight
Megumi Yabushita vs. FFF Flyweight Champion Lisa Ward FFF Megafight
Michelle Ould vs. Sofie Bagherdai
Allison Duckworth vs. Sally Krumdiack
Karina Taylor vs. Christina Riddering
Brandy Nerney vs. Yukiko Seki
Cindy Hales vs. Keiko Tamai

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Diaz,Noons,Kimbo,Shields,Shaw to hold Media Conference Call Wednesday - 30 Oct 2007 05:19:21am

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 12:19 AM CDT



NICK DIAZ & KJ NOONS, KIMBO & JAKE SHIELDS PROMOTER GARY SHAW
To Hold Media Conference Call

Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

WHO: Popular, Highly-Regarded EliteXC Star Nick Diaz Confident, Hard-Hitting KJ Noons Legendary YouTube Street-Fighting Sensation/EliteXC Newcomer Kimbo Slice World-Ranked Welterweight Contender Jake Shields EliteXC Live Events Division President Gary Shaw

WHAT: Diaz and Noons, Kimbo, Shields and Shaw will participate in a national media conference call to discuss the Gary Shaw Productions, LLC-promoted "EliteXC: Renegade" cage fight card spectacular Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed on the west coast). In the main event at American Bank Center Arena at Corpus Christi, Texas, Diaz and Noons will fight for the EliteXC world title in a brand new weight class – 160 pounds.

The undercard will feature four terrific fights, all scheduled for three, 5-minute rounds, including Kimbo, who will be making his EliteXC debut, against Mike "The Rhino" Bourke, and Shields against Mike "Quicksand'' Pyle.

ACCESS #: (888) 446-5348 (United States) (913) 338-9600 (International) Ask for EliteXC/SHOWTIME Conference Call

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Contacts:

Showtime Networks Inc. EliteXC (Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.)
Chris DeBlasio / Ivy Moon Dan Clavadetscher / John Beyrooty
(212) 708-1633 / (212) 708-7319 (818) 462-5602 / (818) 462-5601
Chris.DeBlasio@Showtime.net / DanC@bzapr.com
Ivy.Moon@Showtime.net / Johnybey@aol.com

ProElite, Inc.
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Evan Pondel/David Stankunas
310-279-5980
epondel@pondel.com / dstankunas@pondel.com

EliteXC

Patrick Freitas
808 232-3481
Superbrawl21@yahoo.com

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Miletich Fighting Systems featured on ESPN's E:60 - 30 Oct 2007 04:54:59am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 11:54 PM CDT



Pat Miletich and his Miletich Fighting Systems will be featured on tomorrow's episode (Tuesday, October 30) of E:60 on ESPN. The segment, reported by Michael Smith is titled "Fight Club."

"An out-of-the-way town on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa has become the unlikely mecca for mixed martial arts (MMA). Each year, hundreds of would-be fighters come to the town of Bettendorf to train in an unassuming gym under the tutelage of Pat Miletich, a former world champion MMA fighter. So grueling is the Miletich training regimen that of every 100 aspirants who show up, only one will survive the first few weeks. E:60 correspondent Michael Smith goes inside the gym to meet the young fighters who come to Iowa with dreams of reaching a bigger stage."

E:60 airs at 7pm ET every Tuesday on ESPN and every Wednesday on ESPN2.

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Kevin Randleman Suffering From Awful Staph Infection - 30 Oct 2007 03:59:35am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 10:59 PM CDT



By Chris Howie

At one time, Kevin "The Monster" Randleman wore the UFC Heavyweight championship title and was one of the most feared fighters in MMA. Nowadays Kevin is having a hard time staying out of the hospital.

Over the last two years, Kevin has been experiencing a number of issues. He spent some time in the hospital at the turn of the new year and just recently had a severe bout of staph infection and is still feeling the effects of it. As I walked into work today I felt my phone vibrate. I open it to see a message from Kevin Ranadleman. When I open it up the message reads "Hey Chris, it's Kevin, is your cell a camera phone because I have something for you."

Unfortunately the picture wouldn't come through on my phone but he did get it sent to my email. Much to my surprise (and as you can see in the picture), this was one of the most severe cases of staph I had ever seen.

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Bart Palaszewski talks IFL - 30 Oct 2007 03:52:14am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 10:52 PM CDT



By Keith Mills

This weekend the IFL hold the first round of their Grand Prix or individual fight series as opposed to their team format. One such fight is Bart Palaszewski vs. Chris Horodecki at Lightweight.

In the ADCC News archives are a couple updates with both Bart and Chris. Bart is coming off a controversial loss to Deividas Taurosevicius in September where the referee believed Deividas when he stated he broke Bart's arm, stopping the fight in the second round while Bart calls it an early stoppage. Now six weeks later Bart is in the Grand Prix.

KM: How do you feel about the switch form the team perspective to this Gran Prix structure?

BP: Good. The team thing is fun and all that but it is time for me to shine. These are the best guys at each weight class so I want to prove I am the best at 155 in the IFL.

KM: From a team perspective you win over Ryan Schultz clinched the IFL World Team championship of last year.
BP: That was great. At that point we were 2-0 and it was my chance to help. Ryan is a tough guy and it was a good fight and to clinch it for the whole team against a tough guy was a great feeling.

KM: Your first fight against Chris was the deciding fight in the first Silverbacks loss. You have twice in eighteen months been the key fight for the team, kind of like the fourth batter in baseball.
BP: I don't want to put that on myself that I'm a 'key fighter'. I don't' think it had anything to do with me, it was just the way the cards fell.

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Delson Heleno Re-Signs With IFL - 30 Oct 2007 03:46:38am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 10:46 PM CDT



Former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Delson Heleno has re-signed with the International Fight League through the conclusion of the 2008 season, according to Jerry Milani, public relations manager for the team-based promotion.

Heleno (12-3), a slick welterweight ground fighter, will compete in the IFL World Grand Prix, which begins Saturday at the Sears Centre in Chicago. Many consider the Brazilian the odds-on favorite at 170 pounds.

The 29-year-old led the New York Pitbulls to the league title, as he defeated Jake Ellenberger by submission with a second-round armbar at the IFL World Championship in September. Heleno has won seven of his last eight fights, his only setback a split decision defeat to veteran Antonio McKee.



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Gina Carano's next opponent? - 30 Oct 2007 03:11:22am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 10:11 PM CDT



In the lone women's fight of the night, Shayna Baszler dominated Jennifer Tate to win by armbar submission 44 seconds into the first round. Baszler executed her game plan perfectly -- she knew she had the advantage on the ground and took the fight there as soon as she could. After brief ground-and-pound, Baszler set up the armbar and locked it in for the win.

Before the fight, EliteXC President Gary Shaw said that there was a "very, very good possibility" that Baszler would be Gina Carano's next opponent with an impressive win Friday night. I believe Baszler delivered with her performance against Tate. Baszler even showed some creativity by walking out to the cage with an electric guitar slung over her shoulder. A talented musician as well as MMA fighter, Baszler sent a message with her entrance that she can also match up against the photogenic Carano in a war of personalities.

A Baszler-Carano fight would be a very intriguing one, given the contrast in their preferred fighting styles. While Baszler is a submission specialist, Carano is primarily known for her Muay Thai skills (though she did win her last fight against Tonya Evinger by rear naked choke.)

Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

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Dana White Wants To Talk More Shit About Randy - 30 Oct 2007 02:52:52am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:52 PM CDT



Dana White, UFC® President and Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® co-owner will hold a press conference Tuesday, October 30th, at 1:00pm PT, to address recent statements made by Randy Couture, and answer questions for the media. The press conference will be streamed live via UFC.com.

Evil Note: Attn Dana...People who air there dirty laundry in public, are douche bags. Incase you didn't know.



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Happy Birthday Miguel Cotto - 30 Oct 2007 02:45:52am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:45 PM CDT



World champion Miguel Cotto is 27 today. He will celebrate in the gym today, training in Caguas, Puerto Rico where he is sparring and getting set for his 'Fast & Furious' showdown against Sugar Shane Mosley on Nov. 10 at Madison Square Garden.

"I always do my best in the ring, which I promise to do against Mosley," Cotto said. "He's a great champion and a fine person. I will fight like a champion."

"There is something very special about Miguel. He has a relentless style. He has power, intelligence and ring smarts. On November 10 he will fight with all his heart. Happy Birthday, champ," said Bob Arum of Top Rank.



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JZ values his place in the American rankings - 30 Oct 2007 02:38:58am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:38 PM CDT



Twice K-1 Hero's champion, Gesias Cavalcanti appeared only at sixth place in the American ranking of the 70 kg category. "At least, at this time, I appeared in their ranking (laugh) ", said Gesias, which valued Wh he is behind names like the Japanese Takanori Gomi (1), Hayato Sakurai (2), Gilbert Melendez (3), Tatsuya Kawajiri (4) and Shinya Aoki (5). "They have more time then me fighting in a great event that was the Pride, which had a bigger exhibition in world-wide level. Of course they deserve, because for me this is the most difficult category to made a ranking. Between the top 10, any one can alternate at the post of number 1", said the black-belt of the ATT, which complemented:

"Perhaps for the American ranking a big part of them could not have seen my bouts. They value more for the numbers of top fighters that I have fought. Then, to reach the forst position, I have only to fight and to keep winning", said Gesias, still on holidays at Rio de Janeiro . Another Brazilian at the ranking is the champion of the Cage Rage VĂ­tor Shaolin, who in despite of the defeat for Gesias appears at seventh place.

Source: www.tatame.com

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Dan Henderson Might Fight at UFC 79 - 30 Oct 2007 02:31:27am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:31 PM CDT



By MMA Junkie

Dan Henderson, who most recently lost a unanimous decision to UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson in September, may return to the octagon Dec. 29 at UFC 79.

The news come from Bubba The Love Sponge, who recently spoke to Henderson in Las Vegas. The Sirius Satellite Radio host mentioned the encounter during today's episode of his show, and the news also appeared on the show's official website, BTLS.com. (MMAjunkie.com is a content-partner site of BTLS.com.)

According to Bubba, Henderson wouldn't name his possible opponent but did mention that he may be dropping to 185 pounds for the fight. That's actually news itself. In a post-UFC 77 press conference earlier this month, UFC President Dana White said he wants Henderson to drop to middleweight but that the fighter seemed opposed to the idea.

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CSAC Under Fire & Scrambling Due To New Era Lawsuit - 30 Oct 2007 02:28:13am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:28 PM CDT



SANTA ANA, California (October 29, 2007) • After being named in a lawsuit filed by New Era Fighting (NEF) for $500,000,000, embattled California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Executive Director Armando Garcia responded by announcing a review of NEF's promotional licensing renewal, incredibly, 10 months after the CSAC cashed NEF's check for its 2007-2008 promoter's license, and two weeks after a legal claim had been delivered to the State.

NEF President Ron Kort filed the lawsuit because of a pattern and practice by the California State Athletic Commission of intentionally, willfully and viciously interfering with a licensed and approved event, which effected and injured New Era Fighting in the same or similar fashion as other mixed martial arts promoters, managers and fighters.

The California State Athletic Commission, Frank Munoz (CSAC Staff Services Analyst), and the State's Department of Consumer Affairs were also named in the lawsuit, which is the result of the CSAC's cease and desist order, issued only minutes prior to and forcing the cancellation of NEF's much publicized scheduled tryouts on July 19 in Montebello (CA). The CSAC claimed NEF President Ron Kort wasn't a licensed promoter despite having approved his application, awarding him a promoter's license, and cashing his renewal check for 2007 (copies available upon request).

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Pete Spratt vs Tristan Yunker at HDNET Fights II - 30 Oct 2007 02:24:25am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:24 PM CDT



By MMA Junkie

UFC veteran Pete Spratt (16-10 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will take on 22-year-old up-and-comer Tristan Yunker (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at HDNet Fights 2.

Yunker today notified MMAjunkie.com of the booking.

HDNet Fights 2 takes place Dec. 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. A source close to the organization recently told MMAjunkie.com that the event will likely air live on HDNet.

Spratt, a Texas native, defeated Anthony Waldburger via first-round knockout in the first HDNet Fights event earlier this month. The victory snapped a three-fight losing streak for the fighter, who first began competing professionally in 1999. The 36-year-old appeared on a special "comeback" season of "The Ultimate Fighter" last year, where he lost to eventual runner-up Chris Lytle and show champion Matt Serra in exhibition fights.

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Gabriel Gonzaga vs Werdum in 2008 - 30 Oct 2007 02:18:47am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:18 PM CDT



The Carioca Gabriel "Napao" GOnzaga finally shall have a chance to avenge his knockout loss to Fabricio Werdum in Jungle Fight 1, in September, 2003. Marco Alvan, leader of Team Link confirmed today exclusively to GRACIEMAG.com that the battle between the black belts will take place in January, at UFC 80, in Newcastle, England.

Napao is recovering from a fractured nose, suffered during his loss to Randy Couture, in August. Werdum, though, has been training hard with his new team, Chute Boxe, since his loss to the Belarusian Andrei Arlovski in April.

"They fought at different times, Napao was 10kg lighter and was not originally on the card. The fight was offered to him at the last moment and they said there was a change in adversary and it would be Werdum. The two have progressed a lot and have what it takes to put on a great fight. Napao thinks the first fight was good and that this one will be even better. He accepted the proposal the minute it was offered," declared Alvan.

Source: www.graciemag.com

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Alvan Talks About Team Link - 30 Oct 2007 02:15:49am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:15 PM CDT



With the growing popularity of MMA and the transformation of the United States into the greatest center for worldwide MMA, new teams have popped up in the land of Uncle Sam. One of them has been growing a lot in recent months and there it has a very Brazilian face. Team Link, which already includes Gabriel Napao and Paulao Filho, was announced last week with a new home for the undefeated UFC fighter Thiago Silva, although the black belt leader of the team Marco Alvan cleared up the story to GRACIEMAG.com:

"We didn't say Thiago would be only our athlete that was a mistake. I immediately called up Macaco to clear things up. Thiago can come any time he wants to train with us and swap experiences, however, he will defend the flag of Macaco Gold Team. When I called Jorge (Patino, "Macaco"), he told me Thiago would fight for Macaco, Chute Boxe and Team Link and I was stoked. Macaco is my friend and I will soon put him in a big event here."

The phase the team is going through is so good that the team's other fighters having been doing well in smaller events. In the EFI, Nate Woodger, Gabriel Gladiador and the Armenian Karn Grigorian won their fights, the latter winning the 205lb title. Another student to stand out is the promising Ricardo Funch, who is undefeated with four wins and will fight again on the 1st of December for the WFL title.

"We are not going to stop reinforcing ourselves, in December one more world champion will join our team. We are 100% Jiu-Jitsu and already have six black belts, besides all these tough kids arriving here. The market here in the United States blew up and will grow more still. There is an MMA event every week," declared Alvan.

Source: www.graciemag.com

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Brock Lesnar: “This Isn’t a Joke For Me.” - 30 Oct 2007 02:06:39am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 09:06 PM CDT



By David L. Hudson, Jr.

Many gifted athletes have failed when attempting to transition from their sport to another. Reynaldo "Skeets" Nehemiah dominated the 110 meter high hurdles in track & field but failed to make an impression as a receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. "His Airness," Michael Jordan became a cultural icon and basketball legend for the Chicago Bulls but struck out in his attempt at Major League Baseball. The great Althea Gibson dominated the tennis world in the late 1950s, winning U.S. Open and Wimbledon titles, but she failed to win a single LPGA event when she tried her hand at professional golf. Ed "Too Tall" Jones terrified NFL quarterbacks with his speed and agility and 6-9' frame, but his experiment with boxing sent him back to the NFL.

Former WWE pro wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar insists that his transition to mixed martial arts will be different.

"I want to try to prove to myself and the fighting world that, yes, Brock Lesnar can be a serious force in mixed martial arts," said Lesnar, who recently signed a contract with the UFC. "This isn't a joke for me. I am spending countless hours in the gym."

Critics may scoff that someone from the "fake" world of professional wrestling would even think they could compete with the best conditioned athletes in the world. But, Lesnar and UFC head Dana White think that the former pro wrestler can compete and do well. When asked why he would leave the lucrative paydays of preordained outcomes for the ultimate challenge in the "Octagon" of the UFC, Lesnar responds: "Pride and dignity."

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Hieron gets a new opponent for the Grand Prix - 30 Oct 2007 01:59:03am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 08:59 PM CDT



By Chris Yucus

Only five days out from show time, Jay Hieron (12-4, 4-2 IFL) has learned he will face a new opponent in the opening bracket of the International Fight League World Grand Prix this Saturday at the Sears Centre in Chicago.

Hieron, who was slated to face Patrick Healy, will now be tested against Donnie Liles (8-3, 1-1 IFL) in the tournament's first leg to crown a welterweight champion. Healy (18-12, 2-1 IFL) was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a hyper-extended elbow.

"It's the fight game; stuff like this happens," said Hieron. "I'm ready to go no matter who is standing in front of me."

Liles is Hieron's third opponent switch since being named to the Grand Prix in August. Original opponent Mark Miller also withdrew with an injury; Hieron said he was told Saturday he'd be facing Gideon Ray after Healy dropped out, as well. Ray faces Brazilian acrobat Delson Heleno in the other welterweight bracket, the winners converging in the finals Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

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Kalib Starnes Speaks About Post UFC 77 Fight Incident - 30 Oct 2007 01:55:36am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 08:55 PM CDT



By Mike Russell

Kalib Starnes expounded on his emotional outburst after his doctor stoppage loss to Alan Belcher at UFC 77 Oct. 20 in Cincinnati.

Following the ringside physician's decision to stop the fight due to a nasty skull-deep laceration that took 30 to 40 stitches to close, Starnes turned on his corner to explain he was OK to fight despite the doctor's ruling. The expletive-laced tirade left many wondering what prompted the reaction. The well-spoken 32-year-old, who has admitted in the past that he finds it difficult to think clearly following a tough fight, said he misunderstood the sentiments of his corner.

"After the doctor stopped the fight, one of my cornermen was looking at the cut over my eye and yelling, 'Why are you stopping [the fight]?'" Starnes said. "His comments were directed at the doctor and the referee, but because he was staring at me while he was yelling, I became confused and started yelling back at him. I couldn't understand why he would be yelling that at me. And of course he wasn't, which makes me feel terrible about my response."

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Mark Miller Re-Signs With IFL - 30 Oct 2007 01:49:32am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 08:49 PM CDT



The International Fight League has signed welterweight Mark Miller to a contract extension through the end of 2008, according to Jerry Milani, public relations manager for the team-based promotion.

Miller (8-2, 2-1 IFL) has never been stopped in 10 professional bouts. The 28-year-old scored a 54-second knockout victory over UFC veteran Josh Neer at IFL Chicago in May and also holds a decision win over Brad Blackburn. Miller has won five of his last six fights, the lone blemish a decision loss to former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Delson Heleno.

A former Marine, Miller was scheduled to face Heleno in a rematch at the IFL World Grand Prix – which begins Saturday at the Sears Centre in Chicago – but was forced to withdraw from the event with a hand injury.



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Yves Edwards and Antonio Silva at Elite XC "Renegade" - 30 Oct 2007 01:44:19am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 08:44 PM CDT



By Brian Knapp

Yves Edwards and Antonio Silva will compete at EliteXC "Renegade" Saturday, Nov. 10 at the America Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, sources close to the American Top Team have confirmed. Edwards (29-13-1) will meet Moses Baca (2-2); Silva (8-1), meanwhile, will collide with Jonathan Wiezorek (11-1).

Known for his lanky build and savvy striking game, Edwards put together a seven-fight win streak in 2004, which included a split decision win over Hermes Franca at UFC 47 and a highlight reel head kick knockout of Josh Thomson at UFC 49. The 31-year-old hit a speed bump in 2005, though, and has lost three in a row and five out of six.



Edwards last competed in July when he lost to Jorge Masvidal by knockout under the Bodog Fight banner. The two are now teammates at ATT.

Silva, meanwhile, underwent surgery in June to remove a tumor from his cranial region. Nicknamed "Bigfoot" for his 6-foot-4, near 300-pound frame, Silva was originally slated to face Wiezorek at K-1 "Dynamite!! USA" June 2 in Los Angeles. According to ATT representatives, the California State Athletic Commission refused to grant Silva medical clearance for the bout due to the tumor.

The Brazilian defeated Wesley Correira by first-round TKO at EliteXC "Destiny" in February. All eight of his victories have come by stoppage, seven of them by KO or TKO.



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IFL Storms Into Chicago for Events Leading Up To First Ever LIVE MMA on Primetime - 30 Oct 2007 01:34:18am

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 08:34 PM CDT



NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Fight League (OTCBB:IFLI), the world's number one team-based professional mixed martial arts league, will hit the Chicago area hard with a week of partner activations and media activity, all leading up to Saturday night's live broadcast on MyNetworkTV at the Sears Centre in suburban Hoffman Estates, Ill., the first-ever live Mixed Martial Arts event on primetime broadcast television. The IFL "World Grand Prix," which will air on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT, will feature the light heavyweight title fight between Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko and Alex Schoenauer, and a highly-anticipated rematch between undefeated lightweight Chris "The Polish Hammer" Horodecki and local favorite Bart "Bartimus" Palaszewski among the nine bouts.

"This will be a big week, not just for the IFL, its coaches and athletes but also for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts," said Gareb Shamus, IFL co-founder and CEO. "Whether it is a lengthy national feature on a legend like Pat Miletich and his athletes on ESPN, our live broadcast on MyNetworkTV, or the activation of sponsorships with partners like the USO, Warner Home Video and Muscle Milk, we are continuing to show that in just over a year the sport and the IFL brand continues to make solid strides into the mainstream."

The IFL visibility will begin on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT, when the new ESPN newsmagazine "E:60" takes an in-depth look at Quad Cities Silverbacks coach Miletich, his Bettendorf, Iowa, gym and all the athletes that make up his camp. On Wednesday, the IFL, through its partnership with the USO, will host a dinner and seminar for servicemen and women at the Great Lakes USO station. On Thursday, Miletich and local athletes Rory Markham and Palaszewski will visit the General Nutrition Center store in downtown Chicago to sign autographs, while world champions Ken Shamrock and Carlos Newton and Matyushenko will sign copies of WHV's "IFL Great Knockouts and Extreme Action" at a downtown FYE. Later in the day, a suburban GNC will host a signing with world champion Bas Rutten and stars Horodecki and Benji Radach.

All this will lead to Saturday's card at the Sears Centre, which will showcase the best of the IFL's nine-event regular season in each of five weight classes. For a look at some of the top matchups on Saturday, go to http://www.ifl.tv/Multimedia.html.

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